Muslim Ban Guidebook

Statistics on U.S. Muslim population/Immigrants and Refugees

Pew Research

1.  You’re more likely to win a million dollar lotto than to be killed by a terrorist attack by a refugee.

A recent study by a Duke University sociologist published on Jan. 26 found that terrorism by Muslims makes up one-third of one percent of all murders in the U.S. — that’s less than one percent.

The chance of being murdered by an asylum-seeker committing a terrorist attack is one in 2.73 billion per year.  The chance of being murdered by a refugee committing a terrorist attack is one in 3.64 billion per year.  You have better chances of winning a million-dollar lottery; the odds for that are one in 1.75 million.

None of the 19 hijackers from 9/11—the biggest terror attack on U.S. soil—were from any of the seven countries on the list.

An analysis of terror attacks done by the Cato Institute reports that from 1975 to 2015, foreign nationals from the seven countries on Trump’s ban list killed no Americans on U.S. soil.

2. What percentage of the U.S. population is Muslim?

You might want to check out the number gathered by Pew Research: 3.3 million and counting Muslims of all ages live in the U.S.; that makes up about 1% of total U.S. population.

3. How many Muslims immigrate to the U.S. every year?

You’ll be surprised by the number: Every year, about 100,000 Muslims immigrate to the U.S., becoming permanent residents.

4. A growing number of Muslim immigrants come from Somalia and Ethiopia.

In fact, 16% of Muslim immigrants in recent years were from Somalia and Ethiopia.

5. American Muslims have higher fertility rates.

If you’d like a more detailed demographic portrait of Muslim Americans, check out how they have relatively higher fertility rates than the general public, with an average of about three kids each among American Muslim mothers.

6. How is gender broken down within this community?

Immigrants from predominantly Muslim countries tend to be male; 55% are male and 45% are female, whereas the general public are 48% male and 52% female.

7. The world’s Muslim population is expected to rise by about 35%.

It will go from 1.6 billion now to 2.2 billion by 2030. In the United States, the American Muslim population is likely to double in that same amount of time, and will be as populous as Jews or Episcopalians today. This can be supported with the fertility rates.